Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
States take different approaches to funding infrastructure needs
America has an infrastructure problem. The American Society of Civil Engineers graded the nation's bridges a C-plus, roads a D and transit a D.
September 15, 2014 – The Times-Picayune
Poll: 79 percent supports tolling to pay for highways
Seventy-nine percent of U.S. residents would support increasing the use of tolls on the nation's roads to help for new transportation projects, according to a poll Thursday by an infrastructure group.
September 11, 2014 – The Hill
Pay Up: Federal Regulations Cost U.S. Economy More Than $2 Trillion Annually
Complying with federal regulations costs Americans $2.028 trillion in lost economic growth annually, or roughly equivalent to 12 percent of total GDP that could be invested back into our nation's businesses, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
September 10, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers
Feds Step Up Quest for Private Infrastructure Financing
The Obama administration is pushing ahead with its campaign to draw more private dollars to narrow the huge U.S. infrastructure-finance gap, announcing on Sept. 9 a flurry of project-funding actions.
September 9, 2014 – Engineering News-Record
Nebraska high court hears Keystone case
Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline urged the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday to reject a challenge from landowners fighting the project's route through the state.
September 5, 2014 – The Hill
GOP senators predict Highway Trust Fund solution
Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) have predicted a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). They predict lawmakers will come up with an idea to fund U.S. transportation projects beyond the gas tax. - See more at: http://www.betterroads.com/gop-senators-predict-highway-trust-fund-solution/#sthash.X69mG0Ie.dpuf
September 2, 2014 – Better Roads
Jason Carter pushing for transportation sales tax
Democrat Jason Carter is reviving the idea of a regional sales tax for transportation infrastructure improvements in Georgia.
August 21, 2014 – Better Roads
Deficient roads cost Alabama drivers $3.1 billion statewide
Deficient, congested and unsafe roadways cost Alabama drivers as much as $1,562 annually, and a total of $3.1 billion statewide, according to a new TRIP report.
August 20, 2014 – Better Roads
Farm equipment on roads to be discussed
Farmers and local town and law enforcement officials are invited to attend seminars to discuss enacted Wisconsin legislation that updates state laws regarding farm machinery operating on Wisconsin roadways.
August 18, 2014 – Agri-View
Poll: Americans Support Tolls Rather Than Taxes for Highway Repairs
The latest Reason-Rupe poll of 1,000 adults finds 73% of Americans believe the government spends existing transportation funding inefficiently. Just 21% think government spends transportation money efficiently.
August 15, 2014 – forconstructionpros.com
Infrastructure summit sets sights on long-term solutions
Addressing a room filled with Canadian and international infrastructure leaders during the Building Canada Up Summit, Kathleen Wynne affirmed her government's $130- billion commitment to improving infrastructure in Ontario over the next 10 years.
August 12, 2014 – On Site
Toll roads, P3s and creative financing will bring short-term gain, long-term disaster for the road building industry
For the last half-century gas and diesel taxes collected at the pump have been the primary source of funding for almost all our highway infrastructure. But Congress hasn't increased the gas tax or adjusted it for inflation since 1992.
August 8, 2014 – Better Roads
Construction News Tracker Video: AEM President Dennis Slater Comments on Highway Trust Fund Patch
After days of hot potato bill swapping, the U.S. Senate capitulated to the House and adopted the same bill for highway funds approved weeks ago - $10.9 billion through May of 2015, as the battle for long-term legislation continues. AEM President Dennis Slater comments on the developments.
August 7, 2014 – forconstructionpros.com
Anthony Foxx calls for bigger public outcry for transpo funding
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addressed the nation yesterday in a virtual town hall meeting.
August 7, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
The Export-Import Bank is NOT a subsidy
Opponents of reauthorizing the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States have been vocal in claiming that the bank distorts international trade and is a subsidy for U.S. businesses. The reality is the opposite.
August 7, 2014 – CNBC
Biden rips Congress for short-term highway bill
Vice President Joe Biden ripped Congress for passing only a short-term transportation funding extension that until next spring on Wednesday.
August 6, 2014 – The Hill
Missouri voters reject transportation sales tax
Lawmakers in Missouri will have to go back to the drawing board to fund transportation improvements such as rebuilding I-70. Voters in the state rejected a proposed sales-tax increase yesterday, the Kansas City Star reported.
August 6, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
LaHood urges lawmakers to step up on transportation funding
There's no free lunch when it comes to transportation funding.
That was former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's message Tuesday to a committee of state business and legislative leaders resuming the search for a transportation funding solution in Georgia.
August 5, 2014 – Atlanta Business Chronicle
Congress votes final passage on highway bill
Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.
August 1, 2014 – USA Today
Rural broadband needs 'sustained focus' from Congress, president
The head of the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) told a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday that just as in the 1930s with rural electrification, "it will take a sustained focus from Congress and the executive branch to ensure that rural residents have the same access to broadband as their urban and suburban counterparts."
July 30, 2014 – AgriPulse